BEARCATS: Men's Hoops Heads to DePaul for Tuesday Night Tip
January 15, 2013Richmond High School
CINCINNATI SPORTS INFORMATION
The No. 24 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team heads to Chicago on Tuesday to battle DePaul at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Ohio and ESPN3 and also can be heard on 700 WLW-AM.
UC (14-3, 2-2 BIG EAST) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-58 win at Rutgers on Saturday. The win was the Bearcats’ sixth in as many tries away from home this season. Cashmere Wright posted a game-high 23 points without a turnover in 33 minutes of play. JaQuon Parker scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Sean Kilpatrick added 10 points. Titus Rubles had seven points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
DePaul (10-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) has not played since Jan. 8 when it suffered a 99-78 setback at Connecticut. Brandon Young scored a career-high 35 points for the Blue Demons while teammate Cleveland Melvin added 18 points.
The Bearcats won last season’s meeting 74-66 at Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 4. UC leads the series 34-15 overall and 12-10 in Chicago.
Game at a Glance
Series Info: 50th meeting; Cincinnati leads 34-15 overall; UC leads 12-10 in Chicago, 18-4 in Cincinnati and 4-1 at neutral sites. STREAK - Cincinnati has won the last four games.
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 74-66 in Cincinnati on Feb. 4, 2012.
Coaches: Mick Cronin is in his seventh season at Cincinnati (127-91); 10th season overall (196-115).
Oliver Purnell is in his third season atDePaul (29-49); 25th season overall (423-328).
Rankings: Cincinnati is receiving votes in the AP poll and No. 24 in the USA Today poll for the week of Jan. 14. DePaul is not ranked in either poll.
Radio: 700 WLW-AM; Dan Hoard provides play-by-play with color analyst Chuck Machock.
TV: BEN/FOX Sports Ohio & ESPN3; Lou Canellis provides play-by-play with color analyst Brooke Weisbrod.
UC Twitter Page: @GoBEARCATS
-Cincinnati is playing the second of four contests in a 10 day stretch that began Saturday at Rutgers and concludes Jan. 21 at Syracuse. The Bearcats are also playing four of their next six contests away from home.
-The Bearcats are 6-0 away from Fifth Third Arena this season and have won 11 of their last 13 games away from home dating back to a 72-68 victory at Villanova in the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season finale on March 3.
-Teams are averaging 11.93 points below their season scoring average when playing the Bearcats. BIG EAST squads are averaging 14.55 points below their average since the start of league play when playing UC. The Bearcats are limiting opponents to only 36.6 percent shooting from the field - second in the BIG EAST and 10th in the nation.
-The Bearcats have allowed 60 or more points in only three games since the start of December and as many as 70 points only twice all season.
-Cashmere Wright ranks among the league leaders in seven categories (through Jan. 12): three-pointers made (second with 2.59); steals (sixth at 2.06); three-point shooting (seventh at 43.6 percent); assist-to-turnover ratio (10th at 1.84-to-1); free-throw shooting (11th at 79.6 percent; scoring (14th at 14.8 points) and assists (tied for 14th at 3.47).
-Junior transfer forward Titus Rubles has started each of the last two games for the Bearcats. He grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at Rutgers on Saturday. Rubles leads the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and is second in assists (2.3 apg). He ranks fourth in scoring (6.9 points).
-UC’s league opponents are shooting 28.8 percent from three-point range through four games. If you take out Notre Dame’s effort (9 of 16) on Jan. 7, league foes are shooting just 16.7 percent (6 of 36) from beyond the arc.
-DePaul has lost three of its last four contests after starting the season at 9-3. The Blue Demons are 6-3 at home heading into Tuesday’s contest.
-DePaul ranks among the BIG EAST Conference leaders in scoring offense (fourth at 75.2 points per game), blocks (fourth at 4.81) and steals (third 9.44).
-Guard Brandon Young ranks sixth in the league, averaging 17.3 points. He is listed ninth in the league with 4.38 assists and 15th in three-point shooting at 38.6 percent.
-Forward Cleveland Melvin ranks second on the team in scoring (16.8) and is sixth in the league in rebounding at 7.6. He was tabbed a second team All-BIG EAST selection by the league coaches in the preseason.
-Forward Donovan Kirk ranks fifth in the conference with 1.93 blocks.
-The Blue Demons were picked to finish 13th in the BIG EAST according to a preseason poll of league coaches.
-DePaul was 12-19 overall last season with a 3-15 league record, finishing 16th in the conference standings.